Lagan Valley Hospital
|This article is outdated. (June 2012)|
|Lagan Valley Hospital|
|South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust|
|Location||Lisburn, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom|
|Care system||Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland|
|Hospital type||District General|
|Emergency department||Yes, A&E daytime only since 2011|
|Lists||Hospitals in Northern Ireland|
The Lagan Valley Hospital is a hospital in Lisburn, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It provides services to an estimated 125,000 people from Greater Lisburn, the Lisburn City Council area and other parts of South East Ulster.
The hospital can trace its roots back to a workhouse on the same Hillsborough Road site that opened during the famine. The workhouse which was then known as the Lisburn Poor House, became the Lisburn and Hillsborough District Hospital in 1922. After a major extension, the hospital was renamed Lagan Valley Hospital in 1947. The hospital has seen great enlargement in years since, hastened by the closure of the geriatric units at Killowen and Lissue. At the turn of the millennium, the hospital was granted a new Accident and Emergency wing.
In February 2008, the trust announced that maternity services were to cease at the hospital in 2009. The decision sparked major controversy and heralded the 'Save our Services' campaign, which was backed by local politicians and local newspaper, the Ulster Star. The move was part of measures to cut costs, however it has been claimed that the closure will put other hospitals in the region into 'meltdown'. A senior member of maternity liaison committee stated that it would have a 'detrimental impact', as hospitals in Belfast and Craigavon were already 'bursting'. Such claims were rejected by Health minister Michael McGimpsey, who deemed them 'unhelpful'. The closure came only two years after the decision to strip the hospital of acute services.
Similar controversy was caused by limiting the opening hours of the A&E unit to daytime hours of 9AM to 8PM since 2011. Local politicians and members of the community complained vociferously about the limited opening hours and demanded a full A&E service be restored, which was finally agreed to by Health Minister Edwin Poots and the SE Health Trust. As of June 2012, no date has been given for the restoration of full A&E service.
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- "Maternity units 'facing meltdown'. 20/5/08". BBC Northern Ireland. 2008-05-02. Retrieved 2008-08-01.
- "Acute services stopped at hospital. 12/1/06". BBC Northern Ireland. 2006-01-12. Retrieved 2008-08-01.
- "Minister poised to approve 24 hours A&E access at Lagan Valley. 1/6/12". Ulster Star. 2012-06-01. Retrieved 2012-06-24.